Online gaming addiction is an emerging area of concern for parents, teachers, and mental health counselors. It is real. And it can have serious mental and physical health consequences for children as young as nine. What can parents do? Parents should know how much time their children spend per day gaming. What games are they playing? They should talk to their children about their experiences gaming. Is it fun? Why is it fun?
Children addicted to computer games show several classic signs of addiction:
1). Intense preoccupation with gaming
2). Lies about amount of time spent gaming
3). Loss of interest in other activities due to gaming
4). Withdrawal from family and friends due to gaming
5). Over use of gaming as a means of psychological escape